How to Build a Great Team"

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Short article by Don MacNaughton of Zoned In Performance on how to use team building strategy from the sports world in the corporate arena.

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How to Build a Great Team"

  1. 1. business HOW TO BUILD A GREAT TEAM Feedback: Reaching goals is rather like going on aWORDS DONALD MACNAUGHTON journey. You know the destination and you’ve a good idea of the route but Be clear about your goals: sometimes you may need to adapt orG reat teams, rather like good wine, take time to mature. Instantteamwork might sound like every leader’s A team needs to know where it’s going. The goal needs to be clearly stated change things a little in order to get to where you want to go. That’s where feedback comes in. Every team needs thedream, but part of the point of creating and easily understood. It also needs to be time and space to step back, look ata good team is the journey it takes to something everyone believes in. what progress has been made towardsget there. And it needs to be a goal you can easily the goal and what may need to be There are, however, some vital measure as this helps bring clarity, focus different in the light of changingingredients you need in a team. Leave and a sense of achievement. circumstances.these ingredients out and you’ll have abland, uninteresting recipe. Strengths in differences: Enjoy the moment: Here are some key things to consider ifyou want a team which performs at its Some of the most effective teams are Always value success and take time topeak time after time. made up of the most unlikely mix of appreciate the people who have made personalities and characters. There is the journey to that point possible. SavourGreat leadership: strength in diversity and it’s how that moment as a team because those different strengths are utilised sooner or later some fresh goals willEvery team needs a good leader. This is which can create a team with real come along with some differentnot necessarily the person with the impact. challenges and the journey will begin allgreatest skills, the biggest personality or Another important factor is fostering a over again. Ithe loudest voice! A leader is always spirit of collaboration and discovering thesomeone who has followers, is able to conditions that allow winning teamworkimpart vision in an inclusive rather an to emerge. This takes time which is why For more details contact Donald atexclusive way and brings out the very making space for conversations in a Tel: 01463 795888 or email:best in people. variety of contexts is so important. donald@zonedinperformance.com28 the north magazine

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